Credit scammer sends pricey purse to Rye victim's home

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Nina Pineda has the details, and a look at how you can protect yourself.

It's a credit card scam with a twist. Thieves are making fraudulent purchases with a credit card and then stealing those purchases from the victim's house in Rye, New York.

"It was addressed to me from me, and it was gift to me from me," the victim said.

The only catch, she didn't give herself this pricey purse, a $1,700 Yves St. Laurent classic clutch.

"I got a charge of almost $1,700 and I knew we hadn't ordered, my husband hadn't ordered," she said.

Even though the young mom cancelled her AmEx, the purse still showed up from Saks Fifth Avenue via FedEx, and then she got a knock on her door.

"He said, 'Excuse me, I had a package delivered for my girlfriend and it was sent here by mistake,'" she said.

"So you had a face to face with this criminal?" Eyewitness News' Nina Pineda said.

"Yeah, I don't know what his role in it was, but yeah he knocked on my door," she said.

"Normally thieves aren't looking to confront people, they're looking to get it and escape quickly," said Commissioner Michael Corcoran, Rye Police Department.

Commissioner Corcoran said this suspect wanted his luxury loot, peering in the windows before knocking and making up his mailing mistake tall tale.

"I told him, no it was not, it had been put on my card and sent back," she said. "He looked at his phone and he acted confused and said, 'Oh sorry,' and walked away very quickly up the block, very quickly."

By the time she got her husband who ran out, the car parked a few houses down took off.

Police say the suspect took off in an older model red Toyota Forerunner. Witnesses say they saw the truck smash its rear window hightailing it away.

"Commissioner, have you heard of this before?" Pineda asked.

"This is the first time in Rye since I've been here," he said.

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